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From: April Vollmer
Date: Mon, 02 Nov 2009 21:41:36 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40069] Washi is the best
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Matt Brown is a great guy, in spite of the fact that he has a bad habit of printing on Rives!

Nothing beats washi.


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Subject: Carving Patterns
Posted by: Annie B


Been slowly working on three more blocks for the "Vast Unpeopled Lands" print. The patterning shown here is the most complex carving; the other two blocks are pretty simple. I'm going to try to get most of the nuance from the printing rather than the carving. These blocks are so big, though, that even simple carving takes some time, especially clearing. Hopefully I'll be back to printing later this week.

This item is taken from the blog Woodblock Dreams.
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Subject: Student Show - Art as Activism
Posted by: Dean Clark

Murray State University student Stacey Reason received a fellowship to curate a national juried exhibition of student (undergrad & grad) work related to art as activism. More information can be found at the project website (below). If you are a student making work related to activism and social change, please enter. If you teach, please encourage students to enter. There is no entry fee!!

If you have questions, please contact Stacey directly. Her contact info can be found here:

This item is taken from the blog Printmakingblog.
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Subject: Continental Drift and coffee bars.
Posted by: Andrew Stone

Wow. It's been five months since my last post. I meant to write, really I did but the the tectonic plate of economic upheaval collided with the quiet but unstable plate of marital politics to force me first off the unproductive and certainly nonprofitable farm/garden and then push me out of the studio and back into the world of American health care. When the tremors stopped and all was quiet I realized what was painfully obvious. I had to go back to work.
And since as I said in my job interview, It was just 8 years since I was working in the emergency room but almost 30 since I last waited tables it was probably better that I go back to sewing up lacerations and saving lives instead of bartending or serving food again. So I'm no longer an "ex-ER physician" but a part-time physician in a local, busy urgent care. It's been stressful going back and I've spent much of the last five months reviewing books, journals, current antibiotic usage and resistance patterns, ECG reviews, etc., etc. so that I'm current and up to speed at work. So, I'm back from Italy; the kids are in school again in Santa Cruz, I'm working again 2-3 shifts a week; reading and studying in my free time and just now beginning to drift back to the studio and to some printmaking. But as I started planning my next print, a narrow long format of 3 X 9 inches, my ambivalence about going back to work was pretty clear.
Here's the first idea:
I've been spattered with all sorts of body fluids during my past life as an ER physician and putting on the shirt and tie again after so many years brought that back. I figured the long format would be perfect for the necktie and that the colorful tie would be fun to print over the white shirt. The working title was "stain". But Alexander, looking over my shoulder was very clear, "Dad, that's the most boring thing you've ever done....why don't you do something interesting! No one would ever buy that!" So, I kept on sketching. (although I still think it was a good idea).
And lots of these kept popping up... . . .
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This item is taken from the blog Lacrime di Rospo.
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